Staying safe from abuse

What can I do?

  • Tell your child they have a right to be safe. Tell them that nothing bad will happen to them if they tell you that somebody else has made them feel unsafe, even if this is a family member or friend.
  • Make sure your child knows that their body is their own. Take a look at the NSPCC’s PANTS rules – these can help you talk to your child about staying safe from sexual abuse.
  • Tell them they have the right to say ‘no’ if somebody asks them to do something they’re not comfortable with.

What should others do?

  • Your child’s school should tell your child about their right to be safe, and encourage them to speak to a trusted adult if they feel unsafe.
  • Clubs in the community should have an up-to-date Safeguarding policy, sometimes called a Child Protection policy. These could be sports clubs, dance clubs, brownies and cubs, faith groups etc.
  • If you’re concerned about a child, please get in touch with us, the NSPCC, or your local social services.

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